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Only issue with non-OEM headlights is that either ballasts, HIDs, bulbs, or LEDS that that come with do not last so long.

I would share a picture of the Ebay lights my IS300 came with to show, but eventually it will start flickering everywhere and be poor quality. My IS300 came with the ones in the link below. Not sure if all I need to do is replace LED bulbs for where mine are out,or if it's a sealed LED unit of some-kind.
2001-2005 LEXUS IS IS300 PROJECTOR HEADLIGHTS CCFL HALO w/ LED | eBay

Yes, if you would like to retrofit, then either are good platforms to work on.


Btw, the image in post #29 looks really good!
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It's worth it to do a retrofit.



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Only issue with non-OEM headlights is that either ballasts, HIDs, bulbs, or LEDS that that come with do not last so long.

I would share a picture of the Ebay lights my IS300 came with to show, but eventually it will start flickering everywhere and be poor quality. My IS300 came with the ones in the link below. Not sure if all I need to do is replace LED bulbs for where mine are out,or if it's a sealed LED unit of some-kind.
2001-2005 LEXUS IS IS300 PROJECTOR HEADLIGHTS CCFL HALO w/ LED | eBay

Yes, if you would like to retrofit, then either are good platforms to work on.


Btw, the image in post #29 looks really good!
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It's worth it to do a retrofit.



https://goo.gl/photos/aKJzrDyZ7TjE9tWS9





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Best thing I did was install some bixenon projectors from TheRetroFitSource. Talk to them, they will guide you thru the basics. You already have the best ballasts available in the IS - the denso. It's just a matter of heating up the headlights and separating the clear lens, then gutting the stock HID reflector. You have to open up the back of the reflector bowl to fit the tail of the projector thru it using a Dremel. Then align the beams, tighten up the nut, and bake the lens back on. I really simplified the steps of it, but it's not difficult at all. Huuuuge increase in light! So good, my FJ cruiser got some bixenon morimoto!
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It's worth it to do a retrofit.

https://goo.gl/photos/aKJzrDyZ7TjE9tWS9

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I can?t see the pic bro
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So for those with Spec D headlights.. does the auto level thing still work with aftermarket headlights?.. I really like that feature on my car..
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So for those with Spec D headlights.. does the auto level thing still work with aftermarket headlights?.. I really like that feature on my car..
I believe that all of the aftermarket headlights retain auto leveling, as long as you swap over the motor. None of them come with motors. Though, double check by looking at the back of the headlight in the seller's pics before buying.
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I like the aftermarket lights that I put on my car. They don't have provisions for the auto-leveling, but they are easily adjusted up or down with a bolt. The light spread is pretty good and I like the halos and led bar. They were from ebay.
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I like the aftermarket lights that I put on my car. They don't have provisions for the auto-leveling, but they are easily adjusted up or down with a bolt. The light spread is pretty good and I like the halos and led bar. They were from ebay.
I checked those lights on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fits-01-05-...pZ~B0K&vxp=mtr

According to this picture of the back of the head light:



that black twisty plug thing under the "OFF->" sticker (on the bottom left picture) is where the motor goes. You open the bottom of the head light ballast cover, and before putting the ballast in, you can remove that piece and insert the levelling motor.
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I checked those lights on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fits-01-05-...pZ~B0K&vxp=mtr

According to this picture of the back of the head light:



that black twisty plug thing under the "OFF->" sticker (on the bottom left picture) is where the motor goes. You open the bottom of the head light ballast cover, and before putting the ballast in, you can remove that piece and insert the levelling motor.
For some reason I couldn't figure it out so I just left the auto level motors plugged in but hidden away so i don't get the dash warning light. I just manually adjusted the lights and they work great.

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^^^^ speaking of bad output and lower quality lol
Actually they are alot better than oem in almost every way. Each headlight has 2 hid projectors that run on 110w each and are far more brighter than any other headlights on the market for our car
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Actually they are alot better than oem in almost every way.
Yeah, until the individual lights crack and break from rocks (it's inevitable really)

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Each headlight has 2 hid projectors that run on 110w each and are far more brighter than any other headlights on the market for our car
I've never heard of 110w HIDs. Unless you mean, you put 55w HIDs in the high beams and low beams? The high beams are not projectors, just regular reflectors, and the low beams are poor excuses of projectors as well. I most certainly hope you're not using 4 110w HIDs on public roads lol
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"Yeah, until the individual lights crack and break from rocks (it's inevitable really)"

The glass on them is very thick i think it would need to be intentional or vandalism to do that. Or quite a large rock.

"I most certainly hope you're not using 4 110w HIDs on public roads lol"

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yeah all it takes is one rock in the right place, since those don't have the outer lens. I mean, yeah, it's a very small chance, but if you drive a lot, then it's bound to happen! Though, maybe they've made those lights better. I was remembering those same lights, but for another car. Everyone had terrible experiences with them. Hopefully yours do last.

I'd be interested to see more pics of the lights though, since I've never actually met anyone with them on an IS300. I'm a bit of a nerd for lighting, so I'd love to see some more details and close ups and how they work and light up at night
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